July 15, 2018

Chris-Craft New Web Site

Chris-Craft one of the most famous and long standing pleasure boat builders presents its new virtual World wide web showroom.  Chris-Craft started its operations in Michigan 1874 when Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat at the age of thirteen.  Christopher Smith built boats where referred to as Skiffs or Punts, and with growing success Chris joins force with his brother Hank in 1881 to go on full time in this job.  In 1910 the Smith Ryan Boat Company is started which focuses in building economic runabouts, in 1922 this becomes the Chris Smith and Sons, and 1927 is reorganized as Chris-Craft and known at that day as the biggest World wide boat builder.  1939 marks the death of founder Chris Smith.  In 1941 Chris-Craft builds patrol boats, utility launches, and rescue vessel for the United States Army and Navy to use in World War Two.  The war is over and in 1950 Chris-Craft goes back to pleasure boat building offering an impressive catalogue of 139 models.  Five years later to this Chris-Craft builds the first fiberglass boat.  1971 marks the end of the mahogany Chris-Craft era with the last delivery being a 57 Constellation model.  Seventeen years after this a succession of different owners marks the history of Chris-Craft, starting in 1988 sold to George Dale Murray, and a year later to OMC Corporation.  In 2000 OMC files for Bankruptcy and shuts down operation, which leads to 2001 when Stellican Ltd resume boat building, and a new line up of models.  In 2018 Chris Craft was sold to Winnebago Industries.  Today Chris-Craft builds seventeen models in seven different series; Capri, Carina, Corsair, Launch, Calypso, Catalina and Commander from 21 to 44 feet.  The entry level Chris-Craft is the 21 Capri, and the flagship is the Italian build 44 Commander.  Chris-Craft new web-site takes you around with the following buttons; Models, Build Yours, Request, News and Events, Our Story, Dealers, Pre-owned, Store, and Contact Us .  Chris-Craft is also present on the social network hubs on Facebook, Instagram, Tweeter, Linkedin, and Youtube with links for these pages featured at the bottom of the page.
Production History;
35-foot Cruiser 1954 (22) *includes 35 Sport Fisherman
35-foot Sport Fisherman 1954 (22) includes 35 Cruiser
38 Commander Express 1964-72 (284)
27 Commander 1965-70 (535)
38 Sedan 1965-72 (238)
38 Sport Fisherman 1965-72 (70)
27 Sports Express 1966-69 (195)
31 Commander Express 1966-75 (542) 
47 Commander 1966-76 (253)
42 Commander 1967-72 (191)
31 Sports Express/Sports Cruiser 1967/72-74 (410)
23 Commander 1968-89 (115)
35 Commander Express 1968-72 (222)
19 Commander 1969 (101)
60 Commander 1969-70 (9)
31 Sedan 1969-72 (158)
35 Sports Cruiser 1969-72 (164)
XK-19 1970-74 (276)
55 Commander 1970-77 (43)
35 Salon 1971-72 (25)
28 Sports Express 1971-73 (75)
41 Commander 1972-77 (151)
45 Commander Flush Deck 1972-77 (63)
45 Tournament Fisherman 1972-77 (59)
450 Commander 1972-81 (75+-)
410 Commander 1972-87 (400+-)
36 Sports Cruiser/Tournament Fisherman 1973-77 (133)
451 Commander 1973-81 (100+-)
360 Commander 1973-86 (300+-)
30 Tournament Fisherman 1975-77 (253)
42 Tournament Fisherman 1975-77 (41)
420/421 Commander 1975-82 (80)
30 Sportsman 1976-77 (46)
280/281 Catalina 1977-86
291 Catalina Bridge 1977-86
262 Corinthian 1981-83
332 Commander 1981-87 (100+-)
333 Commander 1981-87 (200+-)
336 Commander 1983-87 (150+-)
422 Commander 1983-90 (50+-)
316 Commander 1984 (15)
337 Commander 1984 (25)
365 Commander 1984 (5)
268 Commander 1984-85 (100+-)
460 Constellation 1984-88 (30)
500 Constellation 1984-88 (73)
315 Commander 1984-90 (250+-)
282 Commander 1985-86 (100+-)
382 Commander 1985-87 
482 Commander 1985-88 (50+-)
480 Corinthian/Catalina 1985/87-89
338 Commander 1986 (25)
Constellation 501 1986-91 (40)
580 Commander 1987-88 (2)
412 Amerosport/400 Express Cruiser 1987/90-91
392 Commander 1988-90
370 Amerosport/360 Express 1988/90-92
502 Commander 1989 (3)
28 Corsair 2001-17
25 Corsair 2004-17
43/40 Roamer 2003/05-08
36 Corsair 2005-19
32 Launch 2013-19
36 Corsair Hard-top 2013-19
36 Launch 2014-18
44 Commander 2016-19
27 Corsair 2018-20
38 Launch 2018-20

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